2016 NBA Draft: Thon Maker scouting report
Thon Maker 2016 NBA Draft scouting report
Thon Maker scouting report
The mystery man. The YouTube sensation. Call Thon Maker whatever you want, but know this: he’s not as great as the hype… but he’s also not as bad as the anti-hype claims. Maker is a talented, yet flawed player, who will be met with plenty of intrigue as the draft approaches.
Click through the slides for Maker's strengths, weaknesses, and his fit on the Celtics.
Maker gets glorified as a highly skilled Durant-like player, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Maker’s calling card in the NBA is actually his endless motor. He never stops hustling on the floor, showcasing versatile defensive potential. He’s an instinctual rebounder who keeps plays alive and dives for loose balls.
Maker’s an energy guy. Right now everything else is just potential. He does showcase some skills though, especially as a rim runner in transition by getting ahead of the defense or handling the ball himself.
Maker’s most concerning flaws are his feel for the game and basketball IQ. He takes far too many risks and plays like he thinks he’s a star by turning on “hero mode.” It’s almost like he buys into viral video version of himself. Either way, he’ll need a system that teaches him how to play within himself and maximize on his positive traits.
Maker is like a pile of putty that can be molded into whatever you want, so at this stage it’s nearly impossible to project his fit.
If the Celtics draft him, he’ll be a long-term developmental project. Of course, they’ll try to develop him into their type of player – probably by enhancing his jumper and improving his defensive fundamentals.
But it’s hard to teach feel for the game and basketball IQ, two areas Maker is severely lacking. Those two red flags might be enough for the Celtics to take a pass.
Maker will be a late first or early second-round pick, which will give the Celtics several shots at drafting him at picks No. 23, 31, and 35.
Kevin O’Connor can be followed on Twitter @KevinOConnorNBA.